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Ciudad Rodrigo, British seige of

Battle Name : Ciudad Rodrigo, British seige of

Date(s) : 07 January 1812 - 19 January 1812

Part of : The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars , The Peninsular Campaign ,

Outcome : A victory for French Garrison over Anglo-Portugese Forces

Type of battle : Land, Seige


Wellington surprised the French by marching his army through the January snows to invest the fortress of Ciudad Rodrigo. Surprise was neccessary to prevent superior French forces who were dispersed across the country concentrating against him. After 12 days the fortress was stormed and taken but with the loss of 59 officers and 503 men. Still a remarkable success.


The border fortress of Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain (Spain)

Casualty figures

French Garrison

Number engaged :

Casualties :
1,889 (94.45%)

Anglo-Portugese Forces

Number engaged :

Casualties :
1,111 (10.38%)